Out and about: Things to see and places to be this weekend

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It’s the weekend to see Steve Martin and Edie Brickell perform in Stamford, the Zambonis and  Spampinato Brothers in Fairfield, Alice Cooper with Marilyn Manson in Uncasville, Foreigner in Westport, Chicago in Port Chester, N.Y., Acoustic Hot Tuna in Norwalk, Ben Taylor in Ridgefield and Harry Connick Jr. in Simsbury.

Further, you could check out Tracy James and The Big Bad Band, Carousel Kings, Goldrush, Micheline Van Hautem, Connecticut Choral Society, The Big Beat Oldies Band, Yesteryear, Travis Tritt, Hot Steamed Jazz Festival, The Yanks, Steve Blum’s trio and 3 Penny Acre at locations across the state. And, that’s just the music offerings for this first weekend of summer.

“Tornado Alley,” will open at the IMAX movie theater at the The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. The musical “Stuck Elevator” begins a week run in New Haven. Some princesses get their kingdom moving at the Carriage House. Caramoor opens its 68th summer festival this weekend with a production of “She Loves Me.” Watch things (not) happen in Silvermine. Catch summer’s blooms around the state. See the clans clamor and clash, fantasy-style, in Ansonia. Listen to the music from the hills in Westchester. And it’s time for “Howl” in Greenwich.

Find a seat at Marisa’s to enjoy some stand-up with Hal Sparks or park yourself at the Bijou Theatre for a weekend of comedy and vaudeville. Hopefully, people also will be laughing in New Haven, Mashantucket, Uncasville and Yonkers, N.Y.

Arts are present in many ways, too. DIY’ers will want to head over to the Arcade Mall in Bridgeport for an Etsy Craft party. Photographer Garvin Burke and artist Louise Flax will be featured in Wilton. Children’s art is on display in Norwalk. “As We Perform It” opens at Franklin Street Works in Stamford. The International Festival of Arts and Ideas enters its second and final week in New Haven. “I Dreamt of Africa” is on display in Stratford. The juried exhibition “Secret Norwalk” opens with a reception on Friday. And a show on bats roosts for an extended stay in Stamford.

Pick up some finds, perhaps, at the Heirloom Flea Market in Danbury, or learn what the Earth has to offer for free with Wildman Steve Brill.

Miss USA recently crowned Erin Brady of Connecticut, but there is another pageant to behold this weekend when the Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield hosts the 20th annual Cultural Pageant in Stratford. Things get sweet with a special honey tasting in Greenwich. And swimmers take to the water in Greenwich and Stamford.

Don’t forget the kids! The Bossy Frog Band will be at the Pequot Library, while lots of libraries also are launching their summer reading programs with events in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Stamford, Stratford, Wilton and Westport. The New England Air Museum will host the first “Great Aviation Adventure” aircraft display, too.

Celebrate some of the longest days of the year with some outdoor activities. There will be a flora and fauna walk in Fairfield, as well as an evening concert with the Merwin Mountan Band. There will be a history on wheels bike tour in Greenwich. There will be a summer solstice walk and picnic in Greenwich, too. The family canoe program pushes off in Milford. Campapalooza 2013 gets under way in New Canaan. You can enjoy the night, too, with moonlight hikes in Ansonia and Washington. Shakespeare on the Sound and the Summer Theatre of New Canaan bring drama, song and comedy to the outdoors, too.

Until next time …

Christina Hennessy

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